Spring is finally here, as stubborn winter has finally relinquished its frozen grip on our region and even our spirits. Our thoughts now turn to sprucing up home and garden, anticipating the warm months ahead. My koi pond is back in the yard, and I think I actually saw the fish stretching visibly when released from their wintering tank in the cellar to their outdoor resort.
Part of being green is finding the most environmentally responsible solutions to whatever we are trying to accomplish. With water softeners, there is usually plenty of room for improvement. Many softeners are installed without much consideration to proper programming, and as a result waste much water and salt by regenerating too frequently. A review by a certified water specialist can help make sure your unit is set up and functioning properly.
Another way responsible homeowners can be greener about their water softening is to replace their old, inefficient electric softener with a Kinetico twin-tank, non-electric unit.
Nearly all single-tank, residential electric softeners use between 75-120 gallons of water per regeneration. They also consume 10-15 pounds of salt per cleaning cycle. All this salt and water is either going to your city’s water treatment facility or to your private septic system or drywell. No matter where it goes as waste, it is a considerable amount that someone has to deal with.
By comparison, a residential Kinetico twin-tank, non-electric softener will use 60-70 percent less water to regenerate, and 80 percent less salt! No electric softener can approach that kind of efficiency.
While you’re going green, you can save some green as well. Electric softener manufacturers recommend annual service on their control valves, because the design allows raw water sediment and impurities to build up inside that can effect performance. These electric controls also need resetting after every power outage. Both of these types of service calls will add up to significant annual costs that never go away.
Kinetico valves require no electricity to operate, so there is never any programming to reset. The twin-tank design pre-softens and cleans the water before it enters the control valve, allowing for 5-year preventive maintenance instead of annual service. This equates to big savings and uninterrupted, superb water quality.
This spring, go green by starting inside your home first. Whether you are thinking about replacing an old, inefficient electric softener or need your water evaluated, contact us for a free consultation by a qualified professional.